Peter is introducing new people to the park and outlining the program for the day.
We had an amazing turnout for the last working bee of the year. Twenty people worked hard for two hours pulling out weeds. Apart for our regular members we had a group from Carey, parents and students, to join in.
Here is a happy Carey student showing the results of his work.
Afterwards we all enjoyed lunch at David and Jenine's house. It is always a lovely way to end the year and we thank Jenine and David for being such good hosts.
Here are the Tuesday Toilers at the end of a very successful year. Once again Maggie and John hosted a very pleasant barbecue lunch at their home. Thank you John and Maggie. Everyone had worked hard throughout the year and the park is looking much better for their efforts.
The group began work again at the beginning of February, even though it was still very hot and dry. An average of six workers attends for two hours each Tuesday and then goes to Julian's for coffee and/or a snack.
Committee Meeting - The committee met on Tuesday, 5th March to plan the year ahead. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on 11th September at 7,30 p.m. in the Maitland Room, The Cottage, Surrey Hills Neighbourhood House.
Canterbury School Visit - On Thursday 8th March, Pam, Maggie, Peter and Ursula escorted two groups of fifty children from Canterbury Primary School around the park. We divided into two groups and one explored the creek and bush around it while the other went with Peter and Ursula looking for bird, possum and bat boxes and learning about blue banded bees. The bush group found one and Pam and Maggie have both spied them in their gardens. Native Australian bees are essential pollinators in our gardens, farms and bushland.
Boroondara Volunteer Expo in Hawthorn Arts Centre, Main Hall
Pam set up this stall to represent us at the Boroondara Volunteer Expo. She gave away eighty flyers with details of the groups work over the five hour period. She was pleased to have spoken to people who knew our park and were complimentary about it.
In the Park this month - Gang Gang Cockatoos
Here are two Gang Gang cockatoos having a drink in a puddle in Delta street. Pam took this photograph with her phone and was thrilled to see them there after hearing them calling in the park while we took the children around.
The Museum Victoria Field Guide to Victorian Fauna says this about Gang Gangs. This is a very good app.
Identifying Characteristics Male - body grey with the edge of feathers lighter green-grey, head orange-red with a small floppy red crest. Female has a dark grey head and crest with bars on the chest. Body up to 35 cm long. Their call is a distinctive screech that sounds similar to the creaking sound of an opening door.
Biology - Gang-gang Cockatoos pair for life. They nest in deep hollows in trees and pairs will usually return to the same tree every year. They begin breeding at four years old and breed between October and January. Females lay up to three eggs and both parents will incubate and rear the young. Gang-gangs are gregarious social birds and several pairs will often nest close together. The young often congregate while the parents are out foraging for food. Gang-gangs migrate seasonally, spending summer in high-altitude areas, generally tall mountain forests and woodlands, and winter in warmer lowland areas, such as open eucalypt forests and woodlands. They are sometimes also seen in urban areas in the winter.